US President Barack Obama, yesterday expressed his conviction that “change will come to Cuba” with the adoption of a new policy toward the island by Washington, but said that will not happen in a short time.
“Change will come to Cuba, it has to come. They have an economy that does not work,” were the words of Obama during the last conference of the year in the White House; However, he admitted: “I don’t anticipate overnight changes,” on the island.
Cuba, he said, has “relied in the early years on the Soviet Union subsidies and after Venezuela subsidies. And these (subsidies) cannot be maintained.”
That change “could happen fast or it could happen slower than I’d like, but it will happen,” said the US president.
On a visit to Cuba he said: “We are at a stage where a visit to Cuba is not in the cards.” “I don’t know how this relationship will develop over the next several years.”
However, he added he imagines that “at some point” in his life he will have “the opportunity to visit Cuba and enjoy interacting with the Cuban people. There is nothing specific and we’re trying to target some sort of visit.”